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It will be interesting to see if the Afghan Air Force can take up the slack now that the USAF in particular is no longer a factor for all intents and purposes. Another question is, will the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, who are primarily responsible post-retreat for defence of the airbase rather than the Afghan Air Force, be able to actually hold the base for any length of time?
 
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What it has to do with Secret Projects?
What it has to do with military tech?
 

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You mean like what is going to happen now to the A-29 LAS and MD-530F procurements for example? Around 27 of the former have been delivered to date, with at least one subsequently lost in action last year and 7 (some sources say 10, which would mean the number of deliveries has been instead at least 30) kept stateside at Moody Air Force base for training. With regards as to the latter about 70 out of an order for 150 have been delivered so far, with an unknown number of losses.

We probably should give thanks to all that is holy that the planned F-16 and Predator-B buys (dating back to Rumsfeld's time, when the AAF was still known as the Afghan National Army Air Corps) finally crashed and burned (officially shelved) during the Obama era. More than a bit of money and other resources were squandered first though on those two programs alone.
 
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Well, seeing as it's newsworthy - could we move it to the Bar?
 

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Well, since there is plenty of juicy hardware material that we could cover such as the UH-60A+ fiasco (which was supposed to be a major cornerstone of the infamous Afghan Aviation Transition Plan), it might as well be left here, IMHO.
 

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At least seven Afghan pilots, including Zamaray, have been assassinated off base in recent months, according to two senior Afghan government officials. This series of targeted killings, which haven’t been previously reported, illustrate what U.S. and Afghan officials believe is a deliberate Taliban effort to destroy one of Afghanistan’s most valuable military assets: its corps of U.S.- and NATO-trained military pilots.
(Via Defense One)

 

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